Working More Without Work

I've done a bunch this week. Between seeking employment, helping out a local business, and honing my own skills, I've been keeping busy for over 9 hours per day.

I still remain unemployed, 4 days into the job hunt. Understandably, jobs are not always the easiest to come by. It is not yet to the point of being discouraging. I have generally felt good about the jobs that I have applied for thus far. I do have a list of about 10, "If I really need money, apply for these" types of jobs, but I would prefer something else if I can get it.

The local business that I decided to help. This actually had me coming out of pocket a few dollars. Nothing serious. I made some door signage for them as well as some menus. The previous signs had the original phone number crossed out with an illegible number written under it about 3/4" tall with permanent marker. I created a new layout for their signs and had them printed at Staples. Here are the differences.

The previous door sign.

The previous door sign.

Their new signage.

Their new signage.

I could have taken a little more time to clean up the edges on the images in the lower left hand corner. From a distance, it's totally fine. Tim, the owner of the business, was very excited about the new signage and especially about the menus. He gave me a free "pizza cone" which is one of the things that they specialize in. It didn't look as expected, the inside of the cone being quite barren, but it did taste pretty good. Supposedly it was that way because I chose cheese only. I get why he wouldn't want to fully fill a cone with cheese. :P He said that I can eat there free whenever, which was very nice.

Wednesday, I changed my conventional job hunt into a freelance work hunt. I submitted resumes and portfolio pieces to 3 different jobs as well as practiced some skills required for some other posted positions. I tested my hand at some digital art for a candy crush style game. You can see the results below.

The design document said, "a blue icon with rounded corners featuring 2 humanized cupcakes."

The design document said, "a blue icon with rounded corners featuring 2 humanized cupcakes."

One of the pastries asked for.

One of the pastries asked for.

I think they turned out fairly well for being one of the first things that I've drawn using the Wacom tablet. It actually feels easier to get a good result than conventional drawing due to the ability to easily manipulate color and make masks as opposed to completely erasing things.

Yesterday, I decided to work on suburban Scavengers! Woo Hoo! It felt like forever since I worked on it. I managed to get through my entire page of bug fixes (though some new bugs have arisen, 1 that still needs to be fixed). 16 bugs/feature improvements. Also, I started working on replacement art! The art that I've had was not intended to be the final art. It was just something that looked somewhat presentable. After sketching out the icon and doughnut, I felt that I could probably improve some of my game art fairly well. I decided to work on the sky. You can see a gif of what I came up with below.

Quite a large difference from what I had previously. It was all made from a single cloud that I modified 3 ways originally, then modified different groups of the 4. Playing around with brushes in Photoshop came up with some interesting results.

Later yesterday, I went to Indienomicon, where there were a few speakers talking about VR projects that they were doing for Kennedy Space center. It was pretty neat. They're still in progress but what they have so far looks very professional. I wish them the best.

I was able to get a few resumes out while I was there. Hopefully it leads to some work. I was told by one of the people that I gave my resume to that there was a chance for some revenue sharing based work with some marketing design. It's not actually "paid" but it does have potential to grow contacts and possibly eventually pay. I would be willing to give it a try since I have some available time right now.

So that leaves me where I am today. I plan on doing a few hours more of job hunting, scouring the multiple websites that I have in a spreadsheet until I find some good fits for my skill set. I also plan on spending some time with Sandra if her work permits it. If there's any time outside of that, Suburban Scavengers is calling me. I'll fix that last little bug that I came across and continue working on the art and probably a tutorial splash screen.

Also, sometime soon I will be putting my Patreon back up. I have one donator that plans on consistently donating. I think it would be worth posting just for them alone. I have a feeling that a few other friends and family members may be interested in pitching a buck or two per month towards my cause. Feels good. :)

Until Next Time.

_Doombrowski

Time spent on misc work hunting and Doombrowski related tasks since last post: ~35 hours